The Fushimi Inari shrine foxes usually flank on the altar or in front of the main sanctuary. They are the messengers of the god Inari, the Japanese kami of fertility, rice, tea and sake, of agriculture and industry, of general prosperity and worldly success.
We are excited to announce that we will be launching a range of new products in the next few weeks! From a six day Nakasendo tour to a variety of short trips in close vicinity to Tokyo, including Mt Fuji, Mt Minobu, Kawagoe and Kamakura. You can expect off the beaten track trails, one of a kind cultural experiences, breathtaking landscapes and much more. So, stay tuned!
Meet Sandy from @excursions_japan , who is collaborating with Heartland JAPAN on excursions in and around Tokyo! Sandy has lived in Japan for over 20 years and is an Intercultural Consultant and Japan Travel Specialist. She plans to retire in Kyoto, her husband’s hometown, where they are currently renovating a 200-year-old machiya. Sandra explores constantly - with an ultimate goal of becoming the world’s foremost expert on travel within Japan. She is also focused on assisting lesser-known towns and sightseeing spots around Japan to attract, and take better care of, non-Japanese tourists. She loves to share her favorite places through lectures, classes, articles and excursions! #HeartlandJPN#Travel#Japan#Explore#UnseenJapan#AuthenticJapan#RuralJapan#UnknownJapan
151015 June, 2019
Highest mountain in the Chugoku Region.
Where do you most want to visit or what do you most want to do on a day trip in and around Tokyo? We are currently creating cultural exchange day trips where foreign and Japanese travellers have a chance to explore a local area together, enjoy activities together and share a meal together! We'd love to hear your ideas so comment below!
Trip report: We took Charmian and David from New Zealand on a customised version of our Tsuwano & Hagi-Okan Walk! They enjoyed a whole range of activities including a BBQ on the beach, a boat ride with dolphins, zen meditation overlooking a temple garden, and of course meeting many locals! They said that one of the highlights was the intimacy of the trip and the welcoming nature of everyone they met on their journey! All our tours are customisable to suit your interests and needs - start your trip now by sending us a message!
We have a new team member hailing from Finland, meet Anni! "After coming and going between Finland and Japan for years, I am now living permanently in my country of dreams. What constantly inspires me here is how traditional and modern culture are entwined together. I love both the cities and the countryside, and especially mountains take my breath away. As a cat enthusiastic I adore the way Japanese have cat characters everywhere, as well as the real ones. Although Finland and Japan are far away from each other in geographical and also in a cultural sense, it is nice to recognize some surprising similarities between them. In Finland, we enjoy the sauna on a regular basis, and I find the sauna culture and onsen culture here in Japan having common points. For us, it is natural to be naked among strangers! Also taking shoes off when entering a house is self-evident for both Finnish and Japanese people. I look forward to creating the best possible experiences for all those who have decided to come and see what this awesome country has to offer! If you are staying in Tokyo and only have one day to spend, I suggest taking my favourite day trip to the city's western part, Okutama. Hike through mountains and valleys, have some local experiences and you will totally forget that you are even in the same country as the capital city of Japan!" If you have any questions about Okutama or travel trip questions for Anni, comment below!